revised: July 27, 2002
shares your concern about the protection of your personal information online.
This is our policy regarding the privacy of information we collect on our web
Gathered and Tracked by FantasySharks.com,
FantasySharks.com, Inc. gathers two types of data about users: (a) personal
information, which individual users provide (i) when registering as a member of FantasySharks.com,
our free flagship site, and (ii) voluntarily at certain other points, such as
contests or surveys; and (b) tracking information, which is automatically
collected about all visitors to our sites.
Personal information is gathered in several places on our web sites. We will
always provide a secure area of our sites for you to enter your information, but
if you prefer, you may talk offline to a customer service representative and
provide the required information over the telephone or via email.
Currently, we do not require users to become members of FantasySharks.com in
order to have access to our free commentary, analysis and news, but if you'd
like to receive one or more of our free email newsletters, we require you to
register to become a member. In order to register, you'll have to supply us
with your email address.
- Message Boards and Chats
We provide message boards and chats for discussion of various topics.
Although any user of FantasySharks.com may read messages posted to the
boards, only FantasySharks.com subscribers are permitted to post on the
boards. No additional personal information is required to post on the boards.
Please note that information you post to a message board or chat will be
available for any user of that service to read, and is no longer private.
At certain times, you may be asked to participate in surveys, which are
generally aimed at obtaining general information. Because information
obtained in these surveys is connected with individual subscribers and is
used internally to better market our services, participation is voluntary.
In addition, some columnists will on occasion take polls of their readers.
Such polls are solely for the editorial use of the individual columnists,
and participation is voluntary.
- Contests and Purchases
We sometimes offer contests in which certain personal information is
required for registration, for purposes of verifying the entrants'
identities and notifying the winners. If the contest is being administered
by a third party, this information will be disclosed to that third party. We
also require shipping and billing information in order to fulfill online
purchases of tangible items, such as books and videos.
Tracking data consists of both individual and aggregated tracking information
and is automatically gathered using "cookies".
- What is a "cookie"?
A cookie is a small data file containing information, such as a user's login
name, that is written to the user's hard drive by a web server and used to
track the pages visited. The individual information gathered in this manner
is used for internal purposes only, such as accessing a member's account
information. We also use the information on an aggregate basis, to track the
readership of stories and analyze traffic patterns on our site.
You can control your browser's settings regarding cookies by selecting
"Internet Options" or "Preferences" in the menu bar of
your browser. This will allow you to prevent your browser from accepting new
cookies, have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or
navigate our web sites without having to constantly reenter your User Name
and password, we recommend that you leave them turned on.
- Tracking by our Advertisers
In addition to cookies placed by FantasySharks.com, advertisers and
advertising vendors that serve ads onto our web sites may use their own
cookies or other tracking technologies. We cannot be responsible for the
privacy policies or practices of any such advertisers and vendors. The
FastClick collects certain non-personally identifiable information in order
to better target advertising to you. If you would like to opt-out, click here,
and FastClick will change your cookie to one that does not contain a unique
user ID number, which will prevent FastClick from collecting any information
from your use of the Internet.
FantasySharks.com, Inc. uses information obtained from its users as stated in
general rule, we will not disclose any personal information to any third
parties, except when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, to
protect other users of FantasySharks.com's services, or to respond to an
emergency. Tracking information is used to create aggregate reports on user
demographics and site traffic patterns and then provided to our advertisers and
partners, enabling them to better target their advertisements to our users. None
of the information provided to them can be connected to the identities or other
personal information of individual users.
- Free Email Bulletins
If you're a registered member of FantasySharks.com, we use your email
address to send you free email bulletins containing selected stories, market
information, advertisements and links to our sites.
- Illegal Activity
If you partake, or we reasonably suspect that you are partaking, in any
illegal activity, we may disclose your personal information without a
subpoena, warrant or other court order to the extent we feel is necessary to
cooperate with appropriate authorities.
- Corporate Transfers
We reserve the right to transfer any personal information or tracking
information that we have collected to a third party in the event that we
sell or otherwise transfer substantially all of our assets related to any
web site that we own or operate and any product or service that we offer.
FantasySharks.com, Inc. uses reasonable security methods to protect the data
that resides on our servers. However, no security system is impenetrable. We
cannot guarantee the security of our servers, nor can we guarantee that
information that users supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to
us over the Internet.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to at privacy@FantasySharks.com.
FantasySharks.com reserves the right to modify this policy effective seven (7)
days after the posting of the revised policy.